January 24, 2024

Since 1972, Knights of Columbus have sponsored the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 to provide an athletic outlet and encourage the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council 11268 has been organizing the free throw championship at St. Francis of Assisi elementary School for the past ten years excluding the COVID years. This year’s coordinator was Conly Bayley who was impressed with the spirit of both the participants and the spectators. The ten winners will now go to the District championship in Cobourg in February and then on to the Regionals in Peterborough on February 25. The scores will then be tabulated from all three events and compared to all participating Councils across Ontario. Last year two from St. Francis of Assisi won their age group at both the District and Regionals. The 2024 winners are: Girls 9 years of age, Tianna Nieves Tejada; Boys 9 years of age, Kaden Taylor; Girls 10 years of age, Lily Bryant; Boys 10 years of age, Patrick Porzio; Girls 11 years of age, Sienna Barrassin; Boys 11 years of age, Jayson Beatty; Girls 12 years of age, Brielle Sid-sworth; Boys 12 years of age, Peter Ristovski; Girls 13 years of age, Malena Tarasio; and, Boys 13 years of age, Tyler Dawson.


Elevating communities through naming rights

On January 18 the Municipality of Clarington and Clarington Toyota officially unveiled the rebranded Clarington Toyota Arena ice rink at Clarington’s Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex.

In the dynamic landscape of corporate philanthropy, the act of a company securing naming rights sponsorship for a community facility represents more than just a financial transaction. It symbolizes a profound commitment to the well-being and progress of a community, fostering a powerful partnership that transcends mere financial contributions. When a business steps forward to claim the highest level of sponsorship and attach its name to a community space, the impact is not only economic but also social and cultural, leaving an indelible mark on the collective identity of the area.


Shelley Molica – Connections

It has been noted that humans need to be connected to someone or something. It is important to our mental health. Also noted is the five degrees of separation in our population. We can move far away, or stay close, but there is always a connection somehow, someway.


Exercise caution near all waterways

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority reminds residents of dangers that can exist around waterways during winter runoff conditions and that individuals should exercise caution and keep family and pets at a safe distance from the water’s edge.


Bowmanville Toastmasters 36th Charter Anniversary

Bowmanville Toastmasters met at Bowmanville Creek Retirement Residence January 16, to celebrate 36 years as a club. Toastmaster of the evening, Colan Nielson called the meeting to order and acknowledged what an honour it was “to kick off the 36th Charter Anniversary meeting of the Bowmanville Toastmasters Club.”


Future stars at the annual AMP Recital at the NCH

The AMP Recital took place on January 18 at the Newcastle Community Hall. Performers and their teacher: Standing (LtoR) Olivia Mullins, Andrew Campbell, Lyla Whelan, Alexa Goldie (Alexa Music Program founder/teacher/performer), Westyn Whelan, Alexa McCauley, Will Gibson and Norah Prescott-Smith. Sitting (LtoR) Lexi McCarthy, Lilah McCarthy, Erin Gardiner, Gracie Maclean, Emery Ibbotson, Hailey Coulter, Pippa Luciano, Violet Brown and Cayden De Mel.


A long day’s journey into light

Last Friday, my son Iain started his new life in a sustainable supported living home. He is with caring and knowledgeable people in a congregate setting with residents of his own age, and he will enjoy a level of independence he has not experienced in his 30 years of life. That’s the good news. How we got to this point is a story our family and friends will never forget.



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